Leida Villegas, known also as Lady Sol, was a dancer herself before starting the FootworKINGz.
I grew up in the mid ‘70s. Throughout the ‘80s, Humboldt Park was still a very gang-infested neighborhood. The fact that I was able to attend the Walt Disney Magnet School probably changed everything. I have a lot of brothers and sisters and looking at their world perspective from having attended local neighborhood schools, it’s—I don’t want to say like night and day, but it’s very very different. Having been granted the opportunity to travel because of my dance changed my world perspective.
We used to hang out at the Riviera Nightclub,* 17-and-over clubs, even though I was only 13, 14. I was always the baby of the group, ‘cause mostly everybody in these dance groups were 16, 17, 18. I was 13. I was in the 8th grade when I started joining these groups. I have to think back, how did I even get involved? I saw them perform somewhere and then I heard that they rehearsed down the street and I went and I found them. Then they recruited me. Then it was from hanging at the Riviera that other artists started noticing the dancers, so they would start asking us, Do you want to do a show with us?
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